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Scholarly Articles about Congregational Life

This resource has many scholarly writings interpreting the results of the National Congregations Study (NCS). The NCS was the first nationally representative survey of U.S. congregations and examined the work,... read more >

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Uncover Facts about America’s Churches For Yourself

What percent of U.S. congregations forbade alcohol use in 1998? Answer: 43.1 percent. What percent of churches reported no endowment funds in 1998? Answer: 47 percent. What percent of churches... read more >

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Church growth studies show trends in worship numbers

This resource provides links to three recent scholarly national studies that focus on church growth and decline. The Faith Communities Today study is the largest survey of congregations ever conducted in... read more >

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Who Are America’s Evangelicals?

Nearly 25 percent of the American population self-identified as “white Evangelical,” and they are having an impact greater than their numbers on American politics and culture. A 2004 survey designed... read more >

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Religious trends revealed through faith opinion polls

A set of 23 news organization polls conducted between 1979 and 2005 shows religious trends. For example, five related Gallup polls surveyed self-identified Catholics on a series of topics including... read more >

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Tracking social change worldwide over time

A survey archived on the website of the Association of Religion Data Archives is an aggregation of a multi-year worldwide investigation of socio-cultural and political change in more than 80... read more >

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Knowing why people worship helps pastors reach them

Why people seek out worship services, what kinds of services people seek, and what people experience in worship, based on the findings of the 2001 U.S. Congregational Life Survey, is... read more >

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Major Challenges of Congregations

Building congregational vitality requires recognizing the key challenges that face most American congregations: gender imbalance, lack of participation in church events beyond worship, limited connections to the wider community, and... read more >

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Religion in America: Research Resources

Anyone interested in accurate information about religion in America will appreciate this extensive online list of links to research, advocacy, and informational centers and institutes. Intended to help religion news... read more >

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Religion Glossary

An authoritative guide for writers and seekers interested in properly understanding religious traditions and terms, this stylebook for journalists benefits from extensive research and consultation with other authorities to assure... read more >

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Are There Guns in Your Church

Connie Peterson is an accountant whose work requires a calculator, not a weapon. But she doesn’t go anywhere without...

6/10 Religiously Unaffiliated Americans are Athiest, Agnostic or “Nothing in Particular”

"A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated. We recently asked a representative sample of more...

Art and Music Helping To Survive The Worst

“How do we survive when the worst happens? What are the mechanisms?” For Joe Carter, one answer was in spirituals —...

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